A new sensory room has been created at Tŷ Aberdafen, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s (BIRT) centre in Llanelli. It has been designed so that it is suitable for people who need more stimulation in the course of their rehabilitation as well as those who want to relax. The money came from the Eyes Alight appeal which was started by Izzy Judd, inspired by her brother Rupert who is at Kent House, another of BIRT’s services.
The room has a mural of sunset in a forest on one wall and the others are painted in a calming shimmery green, which is particularly effective when the lighting system is on. There are fluffy cushions which light up, a bubble machine and fibre optic lights. The lights work in sync with music and an aroma diffuser adds to the overall experience. As a focus point of the room there is tube water light which is behind mirrors so that it can be seen from the whole room.
Service Manager, Dilwyn Jones is very proud of the results: “It was very much a team effort with clinicians, maintenance – Kevin Grogan, rehabilitation support workers and our Activities Coordinator, Fiona Cull, all involved. Everybody we support has timetabled slots to enjoy the sensory experience of the new room and each session is completely personalised to the individual so they are able to get the most benefit out of it. Our Occupational Therapist has been holding relaxation sessions with guided meditation and breathing techniques.”
Fiona is delighted with the results: “It has been a success with all our service users, even the ones who we thought wouldn’t engage with it love it. It has created a relaxing zone for everyone, whatever their mood or needs.”